Looks like rap albums aren’t on anyone’s Christmas list this year. Hip-hop is hard to find on this week’s Billboard 200 sales chart, with only the Black Eyed Peas and Gucci Mane reppin’ for the genre.
The Peas, who have miraculously been able to stay in the top 20 since entering the charts 28 weeks ago, are staying tight at no. 18 this go-round. According to the Nielsen SoundScan, the group’s latest disc, The E.N.D., sold 81,900 units this week, a 30 percent increase from last week’s sales. Overall, the group, has moved 1,635,600 CDs to date.
Falling 27 spots to no. 37 is Gucci Mane. The ATLien’s major label debut, The State vs. Radric Davis, was purchased by 41,200 fans this week—a 54 percent drop from last Wednesday’s report. Guch has a two week total of 131,200 units sold.
Meanwhile, on the R&B side, Alicia Keys failed to topple British sensation Susan Boyle. The Element of Freedom debuted in the second seat with 417,300 sold. Robin Thicke came in seven spots down at no. 9. Fans bagged up 122,900 copies of the singer’s latest Sex Therapy: The Experience.
Next week look for new releases by Young Money, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Hurricane Chris to impact the charts. —Elan Mancini